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Cuba Cuban Migrants in Costa Rica Will Fly Directly to Mexico

File photo San Jose, Feb 5 (EFE).- The Costa Rican government announced Friday that next week direct flights to Mexico will begin for Cuban migrants who have been stranded in the Central American country since last November on their way to the United States. "We are pleased to announce that the governments of Costa Rica and Mexico have agreed to carry out direct flights to make travel easie...

Source: Mireya Zamora Facebook Sex Video Causes Political Commotion in Costa Rica

Source: Mireya Zamora Facebook Former legislator and current mayoral candidate Mireya Zamora Alvarado is very upset over a hacked Facebook account and a leaked sex video that purportedly features her in an intimate act with her romantic partner. The commotion started earlier this week after a social media update on the candidate's Facebook Timeline showed a pornographic clip, which showed a...

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (rear) applauds his wife, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as they appear with their daughter Chelsea (R) at Mrs. Clinton's caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016.     REUTERS/Adrees Latif Hello New Hampshire: State gears up for first primary of US election season

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (rear) applauds his wife, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as they appear with their daughter Chelsea (R) at Mrs. Clinton's caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif By Britt Nelson New Hampshire voters will again have the world on their shoulders for the Feb. 9 primary election. Every four years -...

brittbw As US primaries approach, The Costa Rica Star welcomes seasoned political reporter

As the race to the White House heats up, The Costa Rica Star is welcoming a seasoned political reporter to its staff to keep US expats in the know about this important election year, with a focus on how US elections affect Americans living abroad. Britt Nelson relocated to Costa Rica in 2011 from Florida, where he served as news editor for the Palatka Daily News, a newspaper owned by the New Yo...

Source: Flickr Commons Political Stability and Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Although it may seem as if Costa Rica has always been the leading nation for dental tourism in the Americas, many of us tend to forget that Venezuela once held the title as one of the best Latin American nations for medical and dental tourism, at least until the late 1980s.   There are good reasons to believe that Venezuela could still be the medical and dental tou...

medical marijuana Drug Cartels Feel Impact of Legal Marijuana in Colorado

Denver, Feb 1 (EFE).- The legalization and sale of marijuana in Colorado since 2014 has reduced the operations of Mexican drug cartels both along the southern U.S. border as well as inside this country, according to a report released Monday by a group specializing in legal matters. The report, published by Lawyer Herald, uses recent statistics from several sources to conclude that the legal pro...

Wikimedia Commons Transgenic Cotton in Costa Rica Contains Traces of Agent Orange

Wikimedia Commons An attempt to plant transgenic cotton for research purposes in Costa Rica is being challenged in court. According to a news report recently filed by Carlos Arrieta Perez of online news daily El Pais, a legislator from Frente Amplio (Broad Front) and a few non-profit groups dedicated to environmental protection claim that the transgenic cotton seeds contain traces of Agent Ora...

Wikimedia Commons Central American Migrant Children Have Been Abused in US Custody

Wikimedia Commons By Beatriz Pascual Macias Washington, Jan 28 (EFE).- Two senators on Thursday revealed serious abuses suffered by some undocumented migrant children, most from Central America and whom the U.S. government had placed in the custody of criminals who exploited them both sexually and at work. They include "vulnerable and traumatized minors abused by their sponsors, or force...

Source: Flickr Commons Death at a Funeral: Brazilian Mayor Killed During Wake

Source: Flickr Commons Rio de Janeiro, Jan 25 (EFE).- The mayor of the Brazilian town of Goianesia do Para, Joao Gomes, was murdered Sunday night while he was attending a wake, local media reported. He was 62. Gomes, popularly known as "Russo," was attending a wake downtown in the municipality in the northern Brazilian state of Para, when two people wearing helmets that covered their faces,...

Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Costa Rica Invited to Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ On January 20th, Michael R. Bloomberg  launched Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2016 Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire Latin American and Caribbean cities to develop bold new ideas that solve major problems and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities. The competition includes a $5 million USD grand prize and four $1 million awards to four ot...

Alan Gross with his wife Judy, attorney Scott Gilbert, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. watch television on board a U.S. government plane headed back to the U.S. as the news breaks of his release, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) U.S. Contractor Formerly Imprisoned in Cuba Speaks Out

Alan Gross with his wife Judy, attorney Scott Gilbert, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. watch television on board a U.S. government plane headed back to the U.S. as the news breaks of his release, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) By Lucia Leal Washington, Jan 23 (EFE).- U.S. citizen Alan Gross believes the C...

Wikimedia Commons Presidential Elections Canceled in Haiti Due to Violence

Wikimedia Commons Port-au-Prince, Jan 22 (EFE).- Haitian election officials on Friday indefinitely postponed this weekend's presidential runoff election, but the move did not bring a halt to violent incidents in this capital and cities in the country's northeast involving thousands of demonstrators opposed to the vote. "There are people wounded, but we don't have the number yet," a Haitian ...

Wikimedia Commons The Economist Ranks Costa Rica as a Flawed Democracy

File photo EIU Press Release According to The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Democracy Index one of the biggest threats to democracy is the anxious mood of our times The fearful era in which we live is not conducive to defending democratic standards or extending democracy's reach across the globe. The latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index reflects the sit...

EFE file State of Economic Emergency Declared in Venezuela

Source: Wikimedia Commons Caracas, Jan 15 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's administration, using constitutionally granted decree powers, on Friday declared a 60-day, nationwide state of economic emergency. The measure, extendable by an additional 60 days, is intended to "protect the people from existing threats," the country's vice president for the economy, Luis Salas, said af...

File photo Mining Firm Keeps Borrowing Cash to Fight Costa Rica

Alleged Greenwashing by Infinito Gold VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 15, 2016) - Infinito Gold Ltd. ("Infinito") (NEX:IG.H) is pleased to announce that it entered into a litigation funding agreement effective December 21, 2015 ("LFA). Under the terms of the LFA, the funder has agreed to provide non-recourse financing to Infinito in connection with the legal costs of Infini...

"El chapo Guzmán" por Fabrizio León Diez - Obra do próprio. Licenciado sob CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Leaked Report Indicates Presence of Chapo’s Family in Costa Rica

Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. Source: Wikimedia Commons The sons of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the drug cartel boss recently captured by Mexican marines after a fierce firefight, may have met with a businessman in northern Costa Rica to discuss an operational expansion plan. Such was the matter discussed at the Legislative Assembly earlier today during a special session called after an intelligence rep...

Wikimedia Commons Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: U.S. Presidential Statues Vandalized

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Jan 12 (EFE).- As the sun rose Tuesday on the statues of U.S. presidents outside Puerto Rico's capitol building, four of them were seen to be painted with aerosol, an act of vandalism coinciding with a congressional hearing in Washington that could be key to the island's ability to declare bankruptcy. The suspects, of whom three have been arrested, sprayed red pa...

Wikimedia Commons Farmers in Bolivia Demand Greater Access to GMO Seeds

By Carlos Heras La Paz, Jan 12 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- Agriculture, which accounts for about 15 percent of Bolivia's gross domestic product, is at the center of a controversy over genetically modified crops, with the government limiting the use of transgenic seeds to soybeans and farmers demanding expanded use to increase productivity. Bolivia restricts the use of ...

Source: Red Cross Cuban Migrants in Costa Rica Prepare for Trip to Laredo, Texas

By Riley Brands Press Release from the Office of U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX-12), as well as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica S. Fitzgerald Haney and Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States Román Macaya, traveled last week to the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua to see firsthand how Central America is dealing wit...

Wikimedia Commons Effectiveness of US Immigration Raids Questioned

Wikimedia Commons Guatemala City, Jan 4 (EFE).- Massive detentions of migrants by U.S. authorities will not stop migration, Guatemala's foreign minister said Monday as he confirmed the detention of 26 of his fellow citizens last weekend. Carlos Raul Morales said in an interview on Emisoras Unidas radio that before Christmas, U.S. authorities expressed concern that the number of unaccompanie...

Source: Flickr Commons Female Mayor Assassinated After Taking Office in Mexico

Source: Flickr Commons Mexico City, Jan 2 (EFE).- The newly installed mayor of the central Mexican city of Temixco was killed Saturday, a day after she took office, officials said. "They've informed me of the attack on the mayor of Temixco, Gisela Mota, a young and dear colleague. This a challenge by organized crime. We won't give in," Graco Ramirez - the governor of the central state of Mo...

Wikimedia Commons Massive Deportations Feared in the US for 2016

Wikimedia Commons Los Angeles, Jan 1 (EFE).- The traditional Rose Parade in Pasadena was followed Friday by a march organized by supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders as a protest against immigration raids and deportations. "We wish to denounce the continuing injustice toward immigrants, with the always possible deportations of Central American refugees by the authori...

Cuba US Lawmaker Opposed to Diplomacy with Cuba Visits Costa Rica

A Republican Member of the United States Congress visited Costa Rica and toured the shelters provided to stranded Cuban migrants during the holidays. Representative Kay Granger attended a meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solis, Chancellor Manuel Gonzalez, and U.S. Ambassador Fitzgerald Haney before touring the shelters located in the Guanacaste province. At the meeting, which was part of a...

Wikimedia Commons In the US, Donald Trump is Admired as Much as Pope Francis

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Dec 28 (EFE).- President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and controversial magnate Donald Trump are, in that order, the most admired men this year in the United States, according to an annual survey published Monday by Gallup. According to the survey, carried out on Dec. 2-6 among 824 adults nationwide, 17 percent of those interviewed say their "most admired man" is...

Cuba Costa Rica Will Deport 56 Cuban Migrants

San Jose, Dec 26 (EFE).- Costa Rica's Immigration Department said Saturday that a total of 56 Cubans who entered the country illegally will be deported in the coming days. The Immigration Department's press office told the media that those immigrants failed to obtain a Costa Rican visa legally and are being held in San Jose's Hatillo district. Since Nov. 14, Costa Rica has issued almost 8,00...

Wikimedia Commons Donald Trump Earns Political Lie of the Year Award

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Dec 22 (EFE).- The comments of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump have earned him the "2015 Lie of the Year" award presented by PolitiFact, a Web site that fact-checks the truth of politicians' statements. The Web site, a division of the daily Tampa Bay Times, studied 77 statements made by the controversial real estate magnate since he declared his pr...

Source: Presidential Office of Costa Rica Merry Christmas: 38 Evicted Families Get Homes in Costa Rica

Source: Presidential Office of Costa Rica A joint effort between government officials and a non-profit organization resulted in the rush construction of homes for 38 families who had been judicially evicted from a farm in southern Costa Rica. The families benefited by this action were evicted after a lengthy, Kafkaesque round of agrarian court hearings, whereby the plaintiffs were two banan...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Government Website Hacked by Pro-ISIS Group

Pixabay Commons An internal page within the website of the Ministry of the Environment in Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: MINAE) was hacked by an Egyptian group claiming allegiance to the Cyber Caliphate, an extremist branch of ISIS. The Web page in question is a document that normally holds a compilation of events related to the history of Isla del Coco, a World Heritage Site that is part of ...

Wikimedia Commons British Professor Helped Costa Rica Win Claim Against Nicaragua

Wikimedia Commons The evidence given by an expert in rivers from The University of Nottingham has been pivotal in a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on a centuries-old border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Professor Colin R. Thorne from the University’s School of Geography was a key witness in a trial which settled a border dispute between the two Central Americ...

NY Times screenshot NY Times Editorial Calls for End of Cuban Migration to US

NY Times screenshot New York, Dec 21 (EFE).- The United States should put an end to immigration policies that make it easier for Cubans to leave their island and come to live in this country, The New York Times said in an editorial. For the newspaper, these regulations amount to "a Cold War relic that is hindering the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana." "Congress s...

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